Written December 26, 2012
I dreamed a dreamed that Russell Crowe could sing, but reality killed the dream I dreamed. That reality being that hollywood stardom trumps musical theatre expertise. Where to being? I went in to this one with high expectations and just as many low expectations - all of which were met.
THE GOOD: The gravity of this epic tale was made clear from the moment the film began. The perpetual gloom of the overcast Parisian sky to the dark and seedy alleyways of it’s candlelit underbelly paved the way for the intense moments that pervade this incarnation of LES MISERABLES. Many of those being the closeup of the actors singing.
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Written May 04, 2015
I put a lot of hopes in this one, before I went. And I wasn't disappointed, almost... Let me quickly break it down: Cast was superb, singing performances were great, acting performances were awesome - Hugh Jackman might get 'the best actor' this year, directors decisions were very interesting, but too bad camera didn't catch all of that beauty too well... Don't get me wrong, cinematography was superb, but in certain shots it was overdone somehow. Like for instance: abuse of close-ups with a shallow depth of field. Steadicam shots were overused as well... But overall it is an instant classic. Go and see it!
P.S. Went to see it for the second time :) The more I see it, the more I love it!
Written August 30, 2015
Warning: Not for simple minds. If you do NOT like musicals, theater, or drama, wait for the dvd or don't watch. This is not your typical mindless, eye candy, mannequin acting. Les Miserable is ARTISTIC, a sample of what actors should be. Spoken dialogue is almost non-existent, the entire drama, unexplained politics & plot unfolds before you in the criminal baritone voice of Hugh Jackman- "Jean Valjean," (aka Prisoner 24601) & the shockingly beautiful voice of Anne Hathaway as the doomed "Fantine." These 2 alone, make the movie worth watching. I must admit I went in cynically assuming Anne would not meet my highest expectations, she exceeded them & I have a new respect for her. Russell Crowe - " Inspector Javert" amazing actor, but should not sing, gets a 10 for effort. Isabelle Allen-"young Cosette," beautiful acting & singing. Amanda Seyfried - Older Cosette, screeching voice, annoyed me. Samantha Barks - "Éponin" short lived character, but she is great.
Overall: I LOVE IT!
Written December 26, 2012
If you're looking for a movie like Chicago or Hairspray, don't go see this film. This musical is really more an operetta and the singing is non-stop. In addition, it is majorly emotionally charged and not for the faint of heart.
The performances are superb across the boards. The only casting I was mildly disappointed in was Eddie Redmayne as Marius. His look and acting were fine but I am not a fan of his voice which made it a little hard to enjoy his performance. I was very impressed with the women of the cast.
All in all, if you are a fan of the show, or even just a serious theater person, go see it. :)
Written May 01, 2016
After seeing the Broadway play twice, I was hoping that the film would capture my heart as well. And it did. Remembering that it is a time piece, it showed the wretchedness of France in the 1800's, the suffering of the people under a horrible government, and the hopefulness in the hearts of the people for a better life one day. Each character is totally unique, the singing is beautiful, and I found this movie to be emotionally unforgettable. Ann Hathaway is deserving of any award for which she is nominated. The difference between the play and the movie??? The movie brings the characters face to face -- you see the pain, the anquish, the heartbreak, and the hope. I loved it. It will truly stay my favorite. Thank you Victor Hugo for putting this story to paper. And thanks to Claude-Michel Schönberg for the music, Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel for the French lyrics, and Herbert Kretzmer for the English adaptation. It is truly a work of art.